A VC Getting Its PR On

A VC Getting Its PR On

I read with considerable interest the news this week in which venture capital firm First Round Capital has started “a publishing platform to share secrets of startup success.” It follows the company’s announcement in October of a platform called hackPR, which is “a site where journalists can reach out to several companies at once around […]

New Media’s Movers & Shakers

New Media’s Movers & Shakers

Publicity Club of NY Panel on Contributed Content Last week the Publicity Club of New York hosted a luncheon that featured a handful of editorial gatekeepers responsible for “contributed content” at their media organizations. Our panel included (l. to r.): Jessica Liebman, managing editor, Business Insider; Frank Wilkinson, Editorial Board member, Bloomberg View; Lance Gould, […]

The Journalist & the PR Pro: A Broken Marriage?

The Journalist & the PR Pro: A Broken Marriage?

Last week my former Associated Press client Tori Ekstrand invited me to speak at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a two–hour snow delay in New York, I finally made my way to the Freedom Forum Center on campus where Tori, now an assistant […]

An Angry White House Press Corps

An Angry White House Press Corps

Over the weekend, I heard a segment on NPR’s “On the Media” in which co-host Bob Garfield explored the Obama Administration’s direct-to-constituent, earned and “owned” media strategies. The piece was filled with several mainstream journalists from the White House press pool complaining about their lack of access. The piece was aptly titled “Frustration in the […]

Twinkle Twinkle Twitter Star

Twinkle Twinkle Twitter Star

J. Paul Vance (AP Photo) The opening segment of CBS’s “60 Minutes” looked at the tragedy in Newtown and noted the fact that early reports, spread initially through social channels and eventually via mainstream media, were false. No, the killer’s mother didn’t teach at Sandy Hook elementary school, and no, it wasn’t Ryan Lanza, but […]

Zucker to CNN…Presumably

Zucker to CNN…Presumably

Jeff Zucker It is 3pm Wednesday, and the news of former NBCUni’s chief Jeff Zucker’s ascension to the leadership of CNN Worldwide has still not yet been confirmed by Time-Warner, nor Mr. Zucker himself. Even so, the Twitterstream was buzzing last night and today with hedged assertions that this news was manifest. Leading the charge […]

Media Walls Crumble: Brands Benefit

Media Walls Crumble: Brands Benefit

Staples Center Star Turn (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images) Nowhere was the wall between editorial and ad sales as high nor as impenetrable than at mainstream news organizations. Who can forget the maelstrom that erupted in 1999 when one esteemed journalistic enterprise the Los Angeles Times blurred those lines by publishing a 168-page special Sunday magazine […]

Election Eve Round-Up

Election Eve Round-Up

What a week…so many PR and media-related kerfuffles to ponder. Here’s a round-up: Frustrated Marathoners (Photo: AshleyKMayo via Gothamist) Q: Was it a good or bad PR move for Mayor Bloomberg to cancel the NYC Marathon? A: I think Mayor Mike’s instincts were correct. The comparison to 9/11 is apples to oranges. Too many peoples’ […]

Quote Approval & Fallible Journalists

Quote Approval & Fallible Journalists

The executive editor of an influential technology news site recently replied to my email about a client’s breakthrough new technology. He tried it, had Web connectivity issues, and quickly declared: “Seriously, I’ve looked at several such services, and this is not special. In fact, it’s a generic Windows DaaS service. So, please, stop pitching it […]

An End to False Equivalency?

An End to False Equivalency?

Of the hundreds of clients and client projects on which I’ve worked over a fairly lengthy career, there are but a handful that I can say remain indelibly etched in my memory. They include the Broadway opening of David Merrick’s “42nd Street,” Michael Jackson’s TV spots for Pepsi, the privacy fight for Dale Earnhardt’s family […]